- Hogget mating has high management requirements. It should be attempted only if these requirements can be met
- Ewes that lambed as hoggets have improved lambing performance as 2-tooths and for the rest of their lives
- Breed and/or strain of sheep has a significant impact
- Hoggets should be mated at around 40 kg at a condition score of 3 or better, using 2 rams per 100 hoggets
- Good growth rates after weaning are essential in order to achieve these targets
- Vaccinate hoggets for toxoplasmosis and campylobacter before joining teasers or entire rams
- Aim for growth rates of 80â€“100 g/day from mating until mid-pregnancy and for a target weight of about 52 kg at lambing.